HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: Store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworms destroy them and thieves cannot break in and steal.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR FRIDAY JUNE 17 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
2 Kings 11:1-4,9-18,20
In today’s gospel Jesus makes a distinction between earthly treasure and heavenly treasure. He is saying that earthly treasure does not last; it ends; it goes away from our sight; it can be stole; it is temporal; it is passing. While heavenly treasure is not vulnerable to the attacks that earthly treasure is. The gospel says to us that heavenly treasure is not only longer lasting treasure but also it is far greater treasure.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM TODAYS GOSPEL READING?*
1. In todays modern world, greatness often means financial prosperity and its usual accompaniment of earthly possessions. It is not immoral to be wealthy, as long as it is accrued ethically and its use includes the good of others. But if earthly possessions become the ultimate goal of our happiness, then we miss out on the treasure God desires for us. This treasure is God himself. We are called to trust, not in our wealth or comforts, but in God’s.
2. The heavenly treasure Jesus spoke of is a reward for those who have lived their lives virtuously as a preparation for eternity. And we can experience a taste of these treasures here and now, as we grow in our relationship with God.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, this is also a reminder for each one of us that we have to be vigilant against the temptations of our desires, of the many vices and other things that can lead us away from the Lord and His path.
*LET US PRAY*
Lord, I love many things, but I want to love you above them all. I know I am to love the Giver more than the many temporal and spiritual gifts you have given me. Come Holy Spirit and show me what I am to do to remain in your light. Lord in You I Trust.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA